Aerodynamics and Propulsion
Aerodynamics and propulsion is the study of compressible flows: either around aerodynamic bodies (external flows, aerodynamics or fluid dynamics) or through engines (internal flows or propulsion). Aerodynamics and propulsion is important for numerous aspects of aerospace engineering, such as airplane aerodynamics, helicopter aerodynamics, jet propulsion, rocket propulsion, advanced propulsion, properties of the space environment and many others.
At Michigan, courses in the aerodynamics and propulsion curriculum cover topics such as incompressible flow, compressible flow, viscous flow, turbulence, plasmadynamics, non-equilibrium and rarefied flows, jet and rocket propulsion, electric propulsion and computational fluid dynamics, among others. Research at Michigan covers a wide array of topics of current interest in aerodynamics and propulsion. Some particular strengths of Michigan’s research program in aerodynamics and propulsion are listed below. In addition, particular research topics are listed on faculty members’ web pages.
- Luis Bernal: Turbulence, aerodynamics (Propulsion and Turbulent Combustion Laboratory)
- Iain Boyd: Nonequilibrium flow, hypersonics (Nonequilibrium Gas and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory)
- Karthik Duraisamy: Computational Science and Engineering, Aerodynamics, High Speed Flows, Turbulence modeling and simulation (Computational Aerosciences Laboratory)
- James Driscoll: Supersonic combustion (Propulsion and Combustion Engineering Laboratory)
- Mirko Gamba: High Temperature Gasdynamics (Gas Dynamics Imaging Laboratory)
- Krzysztof Fidkowski: CFD, adaptation, error estimation (Computational Fluid Dynamics Group)
- Alec Gallimore: Electric propulsion, plasma physics (Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Lab (PEPL))
- Benjamin Jorns: Electric Propulsion, Space Propulsion, Plasma Physics, Space Systems (Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Lab (PEPL))
- Kenneth Powell: CFD, space physics (CSEM, CRASH)
- Venkat Raman: Computational Combustion, Numerical Analysis, Turbulence, Rare Events (Bio page)
- Philip Roe: CFD, nonequilibrium flow, hypersonics (Keck CFD Lab)
- Timothy Smith: Electric propulsion, plasma physics (Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Lab (PEPL))